BBC Media Action capacitates journalists

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February 9, 2018 By Elizabeth A. Kaine

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A cross section of participants and trainers

With funds from UK aid, the BBC Media Action has completed a two-day training program for journalists in the Western Area on how to responsibly use social media platforms and the handling of fake news during the forthcoming elections.

The training, which took place on 1st and 2nd February at the BBC Media headquarters on Spur Road, was aimed at capacitating journalists to be able to differentiate between real and fake news, as some of them have depended exclusively on social media to pitch their news without using the zebra crossing treatment.

BBC Media Action trainer, Kevin Lamin Lamdo,  said they were not only training journalists on the use of social media but  also  capacitating  the  electoral body and young people on the electoral process.

Lamdo said the BBC Media Action was looking up to journalists to report the fact on the electioneering process, noting that journalists sometimes took items on the social media and publish it without cross checking the facts.

“Journalist should not learn to hoax news, misinform, or make mistake in publishing or broadcasting news because it makes readers or listeners to lost confidence,” he said.

He said  journalists  have  huge responsibility to  inform the public  during the forthcoming  elections, as it has the propensity to quell down violence  via  their respective  medium .

Lamdo cautioned journalists not to be like people who shared news on social media without fact checking .